Apocryptes bato   (Hamilton,  1822) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 26.0 cm TL (male).

Color: Brownish white with 10-12 indistinct brownish oblique bands. Fins are white with brown dots.

Body elongate, snout longer than eye. Mouth sub-horizontal. Anterior margin of tongue rounded. Teeth in jaws in one row. Canines in lower jaw. First dorsal with 5 spines, second dorsal with 21-22 rays, anal fin 21-22 rays. Pectoral fin pointed. Ventral fin united.

Usually found associated with Odontamblyopus rubicundus on the muddy slopes of the estuarine creeks. It lives in deep burrows which contains water even during ebb tides. This species cannot withstand drought condition for a long period.

Synonym (s)
Apocryptes bato (Hamilton, 1822)
(Senior synonym)
Apocryptes batoides Day, 1876
(Junior synonym)
Gobius bato Hamilton, 1822
(Senior synonym)
Parapocryptes batoides (Day, 1876)
(Junior synonym)
Gobius bato Hamilton-Buchanan, 1822
Apocryptes bato Menon, 1972
Apocryptes bata (Hamilton, 1822)

Common Name (s)
• Goby (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Muddy


• West Bengal, Geonkhali INDIA (Record: 22/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Falta INDIA (Record: 24/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Diamond Harbour INDIA (Record: 09/04/1987, 10/04/1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Mohana (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Mukherjee, P (1995) Intertidal fishes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 345-388 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Manna, B and Goswami, BCB (1985) A check-list of marine and estuarine fishes of Digha, West Bengal, India Mahasagar- Bulletin of the National Institute of Oceanography NIO, Goa 18(4) 489-499 Available at - http://nicmas.nio.org/Mahasagar/Mahasagar_V-18/Mahasagar_18%284%29_489.pdf
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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